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AdminJuly 4, 2018
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The Rubik’s Cube, which started to become popular in the 80s, will be getting an upgrade: it will have a Bluetooth connection.

Given the name “GoCube“, the classic toy transforms into a smartly connected cube that promises to open up stimulating new play experiences and features for all players.

Evolution of the Rubik’s Cube

The Rubik’s Cube, which is originally called the “Magic Cube”, is a 3D combination puzzle invented by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik and was licensed to be sold by Ideal Toy Corporation. It is a puzzle that can often be daunting for new players.

On each side of the classic Rubik’s Cube, there are usually nine boxes, with each side having a different color. There are six solid colors used for the classic Rubik’s cube: white, red, blue, green, orange, and yellow.

By 2009, over 300 million cubes had been sold worldwide, which makes it the world’s top-selling puzzle game. Undeniably, it is globally known as the world’s bestselling toy.

Although over the years, similar puzzles have been produced with various numbers of sides, dimensions, and colors, not all of them are by Rubik.

Rubik’s Cube is still known and widely used today, even though it already reached its height of mainstream popularity back in the 80s. Many speedcubers still continue to practice it and compete for the fastest times in different categories.

The World Cube Association, the Rubik’s Cube international central body, organizes competitions worldwide and kept the official world records.

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Creation of the GoCube

In May 2016, the idea for GoCube was born. After a few months of tinkering, technological solutions came together and a group of experts started working on wired prototypes. By November 2016, the first prototype was ready.

In April of last year, the second prototype was made fully functional. The company also started working on the mobile app’s design and functionality.

A few months later, the third prototype, a modernized GoCube design, was ready. The first Mini games were also added to the mobile application.

In February this year, fully functional prototypes and the first demo online battle was a success. And just recently, Kickstarter launched their first campaign of the GoCube.

 

GoCube, Rubik’s Cube for Serious Players

The GoCube works in a couple of different fundamental ways. One such way is providing a more accessible entry point into the world of Rubik’s Cube, keeping track of your cube solving through a virtual re-creation on your mobile device, which allows you to examine your moves, progress, statistics, and even gain access to step-by-step tutorials. GoCube also implemented mechanisms that enable its movements to be fast and smooth.

In addition, it also turns the experience into a multiplayer game by opening up features like online battles, shared leaderboards, live competitions, and more. All these features make the GoCube as anyone’s go-to cube, regardless of their experience, whether one is a seasoned veteran or a fresh-faced newbie with the Rubik’s Cube.

GoCube definitely does take cubing to the next level. According to its creator, Udi Dor, “GoCube doesn’t change the basic game; it improves and modernizes the overall experience, making it modern, accessible, intuitive, measurable, and most importantly, globally connected and socialized.”

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AdminJune 14, 2018
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Ever since its birth in the 1950s, gaming has blossomed into one of the most profitable and entertaining industries in the world. And indeed, gaming has become so integrated with the modern popular culture that now even our grandparents know what a video game or even Angry Bird is. Gaming has become a part of some people’s routine, and it’s absolutely difficult to stumble upon someone who hasn’t tried playing a video game before.

Ever since the information age, where there was a rapid shift from traditional industry that the Industrial Revolution brought via industrialization to an economy based on information technology, there have been countless video games being developed. Among them is Active Shooter, a video game where you can roam the halls and other parts of a school with an assault rifle and simulate a school shooting. In fact, it encourages players to open fire inside classrooms, cafeterias, libraries, and auditoriums. It is quite horrifying how this measly video game could actually encourage real-world attacks.

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A Dangerous Video Game Emerges

Active Shooter was first advertised in the aftermath of a recent mass shooting in a Texan school. The ill-advised video game, based on a video posted online, would let you play either as a SWAT team member focused on stopping the school shooting or as the actual shooter. The developer of the video game, I believe, thought that this might be a great idea to profit from.

The video game, developed by Revived Games, marketed it as a dynamic SWAT simulator and was supposed to be released early this June through Steam, a multi-player platform developed by Valve Corporation that is used to distributing games and related media online. Fortunately, after the public shared their outrage over the development of the game, Valve Corporation took it down.

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A Troll for Valve

A Valve spokesperson said in an official statement, “We have removed the developer Revived Games and publisher ACID from Steam. This developer and publisher is, in fact, a person calling himself Ata Berdiyev, who had previously been removed last fall when he was operating as “Interactive” and “Elusive Team”. Ata is a troll with a history of customer abuse, publishing copyrighted material, and user review manipulation. His subsequent return under new business names was a fact that came to light as we investigated the controversy around his upcoming title. We are not going to do business with people who act like this towards our customers or Valve.”

What’s really shocking about all of this is that Valve removed the video game from Steam not because of its content, but rather because of the previous actions of the developer and publisher. What also comes as a surprise is a reason why such a video game got approved in the first place.

In the end, the important thing is that the dangerous games was taken down and wasn’t released to the market. It would have been horrendous if young teens and children got hold of such a game. What may seem like a harmless video game at first could eventually promote violence and murder.

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AdminDecember 5, 2017
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Recently, Google released their annual list of top Android applications and some of the top choices might come up as a surprise to you. Google has sorted them by most popular new applications and most favorite new applications.

The list is full of applications that you might not have heard about yet. If you are looking for a new hobby, then this ranking might be just for you.

So, Google’s five most popular applications include a photo editor, forecast app, the famous Boomerang as well as video app.

  1. Photo Editor – Filters & Beauty Camera
  2. What the Forecast?!!
  3. Boomerang
  4. TopBuzz Video: Viral Videos, GIFs & TV shows
  5. Yarn – Chat Fiction

However, Google has decided not to stop there and they’ve created their personal list of favorites. On top of that list is the unusual homework helper “Socratic”.

The applications are quite entertaining as it uses artificial intelligence to guide users through their science & mathematical problems. To use the application, all you have to do is take a photo of your problem and it will show you a way to solve it. Moreover, it allows you to watch educational videos and receive help from classmates.

Other applications awarded by Google Include:

  1. 123 numbers – Best application for kids
  2. Qapital – As the most Innovative one
  3. Litsy – Awarded for the best social app
  4. Simple Habit Meditation – The best app for daily help
  5. PicsArt Animator: Video & GIF – As the most entertaining

For video gaming aficionados, Google has chosen CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars as their main choice. The complex game was created by the developers of Cut the Rope. In it, individuals have to build cars and battle against each other to win the game.

Their list of the most popular games of the year include:

  • CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars
  • Super Mario Run
  • Ballz
  • Magic Tiles 3
  • Bubble Witch 3 Saga

As we thought the movie Moana was chosen as their most popular, Game of Thrones took the award for the TV shows. So, after seeing the tech giant’s list, would you say that it covers your favorites of the year? If not, please share with us your most played games and used applications.


AdminSeptember 15, 2017
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For those unfamiliar with the subject, Denuvo is the latest in the line of the many attempts at combating video game piracy. The specifics of how these particular DRM functions have not been revealed, but that has not stopped the dedicated hacker groups such as the Chinese 3DM from ultimately cracking the code, even if it took them over a year to do so initially.

While many of the games which first used Denuvo took over a year to crack, subsequent titles were cracked in as little as one to three months, with the most recent releases being cracked open in under two weeks, some of them in a matter of mere days. The latest in line to be cracked was Sega’s Sonic Mania, which had been cracked during the very launch week, and some other AAA titles such as Tekken 7 and Resident Evil 7 were cracked even quicker.

Out of the 71 games released so far that use Deneuve, as many as 50 were cracked, which means that Deneuve is roughly 70% ineffective. What’s more, the games that are still uncracked are all either the less popular games or those which focus on multiplayer, thus implying that they are simply a lower priority for the hacker groups currently working on dismantling Denuvo. Moreover, several games which initially used Denuvo had dropped this protection after it was cracked, and other dropped it immediately as they realized that its failure was inevitable.

So, what does all this mean for Denuvo and DRM technology in general? To put simply, ever since always-online DRM technologies were first introduced, they mostly had something to a cobra effect to them. Namely, rather than preventing piracy, all that these DRM technologies did was alienate player bases and actually encourage them to steal from the industry giants such as EA and Ubisoft, which were the ones to most commonly resort to such anti-piracy measures. Denuvo was the only such technology which actually protected certain titles from being pirated, if only for a limited amount of time until it, too, was overcome. To an extent, it was actually effective, as people undoubtedly bought games which they wanted to play but did not want to wait indefinitely for a crack that might never be released.

Ultimately, however, it served more as a testament to the talent and persistence of the likes of 3DM and proved that software can always be hacked, regardless of its complexity or levels of protection involved. It also spells a sour note for developers, as it also proves that software piracy is a trend that definitely won’t end anytime in the foreseeable future. At this point, only large companies still use Denuvo in their attempt to boost launch-day sales, but it is unclear for how long this will go on, seeing as Denuvo-protected titles are all being cracked in a matter of days at this point. In the end, only time will tell for how much longer Denuvo will last, but one thing is certain – its days as a pirate’s worst nightmare are over.


AdminJune 27, 2017
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Pokemon Go is getting a long-awaited update that could bring the game back to life. With a new gym system and “Raid Battles”, players will have tons of fun playing together!

The creators of the game, Niantic Labs, described the update as the largest in Pokemon Go’s history. They are expecting more than 20,000 players to gather in Chicago during their first real-world event that’s supposed to be held in July.

All the gyms are shutting down at the moment until all updates roll out in the next few weeks. The redesign of the gyms will make them much more interesting and fun to use. Moreover, the company promises some new Legendary Pokemon to appear throughout the game.

Here’s everything you need to know about the latest update of the game:

I. Gyms Redesigned

The developers of the game have decided to change the way gyms actually work. Now, the controlling team can fill up to six permanent slots, but only one Pokemon species is allowed per gym.

Moreover, users now battle other Pokemon based on the order they were assigned to the gym and not their CP.

II. Pokemon’s motivation

Pokemon can now leave the gym if they don’t feel motivated to fight. Before this update, Pokemon was kicked out of the gym only after it was taken over by an enemy team.

Now, they have a motivation bar that decreases when they lose battles. When they lose motivation, their CP level also falls so you have to feed them with their favorite berries.

III. PokeStops and Badges

From now on, Gyms act as PokeStops, which means that you can swipe them to earn items.

Gym badges were also improved and now they can be leveled up as you fight in the gym. This would earn you some special items to help you throughout the journey.

IV. Raid Mode

Surely the biggest change in Pokemon Go is the new Raid Battle feature, which allows you to team up with other players in order to fight against some ultra powerful Pokemon at the gym.

All Pokemon in the gym will be returned to their owners when a raid begins at the gym. Over the gym, you will see a large egg with a countdown that shows when the raid will start.

All nearby raid battles will be shown on the map, right next to the Pokemon close to you. To access a raid, you will need a Raid pass. To obtain it, you can receive one free pass a day by visiting a gym, or you can purchase them from the virtual shop. Note that you can possess only one at a time.

Raid battles can consist of up to twenty players and if you succeed to defeat it within five minutes, all players will have the opportunity to catch an extra powerful Pokemon and add it to their collection. After each win, awards will be given to the players such as Golden Razz Berries, Rare Candies and two types of Technical Machines: charged & fast.

Rare candies turn into the Pokemon’s Candy when used on them. Golden Razz Berries will increase your chances of catching a wild Pokemon considerably. Moreover, they can be used to recover the motivation meter of Pokemon assigned to the gym. With the technical machines, you can teach a Pokemon to perform Charged Attack & Fast Attack. 

Not long ago, Niantic released a trailer, which showed players gathering in Times Square to defeat Mewtwo in a Raid Battle. This hints that those battles will be used in the future to catch Legendary Pokemon like Mewtwo, Entei, Latias, Latios, Giratina, and others. 

We will probably see the full potential of Raid Battles at Pokemon Go’s first real-life event in Chicago on July 22. The tickets are available from June 19, so be sure to grab yours before they finish. This might be the first time that players will encounter a Legendary Pokemon, who knows? 

 

 


AdminMarch 24, 2017
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Super Mario Run made its debut for Android device on 22th of March 2017, a day earlier than its scheduled arrival. Head over to the Google Play Store to download the game for free and test it. Unfortunately, just like the iOS version, you have to purchase the game to access all modes.

Our first thoughts about the game are that it hasn’t changed at all between the two platforms. The content, features, and design are as perfect as the iOS version!

Super Mario Run provides you with the magic of the original game, except one important characteristic – controlling the movement of Mario. The move of the Italian plumbers is automatic, which means that you can mainly control his jumps.

To make a quick leap, all you have to do is tap on the screen, and if you wish to make a higher jump, then you have to hold your finger for a longer time. Moreover, you can stall mid-air for a short period and zig-zag between walls to reach a higher ground whenever it is needed.

Design

What sets apart Super Mario Run from other endless runner games is the design. Similar games use algorithms to create the stages, while these are created manually by highly qualified designers involved with Mario’s universe.

Each level is unique of its own as it provides a variety of entertaining challenges. You must survive spinning saw blades, cannons similar to the popular Donkey Kong Country, claustrophobic spaces and much more.

Plenty of Content

Although there are only 24 levels, excluding the bonuses, there’s plenty to do after you go through each one. First of all, there are pink coins which must be collected in one go. Just when you though that you’ve finished with this, you have to go back to catch all purple and black coins. The online leaderboards provide some degree of competition with your friends, which adds plenty of fun.

What makes the game even more addictive is the fact that you have to implement your strategy skills for every level. To finish all levels flawlessly, with all coins collected, you must become a true master of the game. Truly, one of the most challenging and fun endless runners available for phones.

Your Biggest Competitor – You

You don’t race only for coins and glory, but you do it to surpass your previous score as your greatest competitor should not be someone else, but you! To enjoy this mode, you will need to enter the Toad Rally game, where a whole new repertoire of moves will be unlocked. While you advance further into the game, you will collect coins, tickets, and toads, which will allow you to purchase new heroes and unlock levels.

Final Thoughts

This is not a simple endless runner, that’s going to bore you to death after the few couple of days. It’s a real Mario game designed by Nintendo, and it will let you enjoy the feel of the old games.

The developers of the game have done a fantastic job implementing the original feeling of the game to a device without buttons or a d-pad. The result is an excellent game that reminds you of the old thrill you had as a kid playing Mario’s series.



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